Hours of fun

Watson launches his marathon gig

Mark Watson has launced his attempt for a new world record for the longest stand-up gig – with a 36 hour performance.

The comic, who has previously performed Edinburgh Fringe shows lasting 24 hours and 2,005 minutes (or just over 33 hours) started his new marathon effort at midday.

His idea for the show is to take a trip around all the countries of the world, and he will be aided by a regular team of collaborators, including his wife Emily and comic Time Key. Guest comedians will also feature, the first was Arthur Smith.

The show will also feature a number of stunts. One audience member has already gone out to see how far they can travel in the duration of the show.

The 26-year-old has said: ‘ Regardless of whether it's a 24-hour show or a 33-hour show, I find that staying up isn't the hardest part - you're only really missing one night's sleep - it's the strain on your voice.’

‘People tend to flit in and out. But for the last two years, about 25 people stayed for the whole show. It's the sort of thing that seduces people. It's a trap, really. The longer you stay, the longer you want to stay. Things get set up and you want to see how they'll end.’

Chortle is broadcasting the show live, with help from the Pleasance, as well as running a frequently updating review of the show.

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Published: 14 Aug 2006

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